You are recently engaged and you are looking for your dream location – but where do you look first? How can you possibly choose just one venue? An event space that is not only what you love, but also encompasses your values, your vision, and everything you have ever wanted… We know that the planning process is overwhelming and ultimately endless with options. From botanical gardens, to castle grounds, to The Art Institute of Chicago where Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum fearlessly share their moment in The Vow, we are here to help you narrow down some of the options. Here are our favorite top 20 most beautiful wedding venues in the United States – Enjoy!
20. Race & Religious
New Orleans, Louisiana
Coming in at number 20 is the beautifully restored Race + Religious property, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in the 1830s, the event space is rich in history and culture of past times. Race + Religious offers a two-story Creole cottage, a three-story rowhouse, and a two-story “Slave Quarter,” which features a fountain, two brick courtyards, and lush palms lit by the flicker of gas lamps.1 The buildings’ flaked paint and chipped brick only highlight the city’s old charm. If you are an alternative bride looking for a venue with a story, Race + Religious is the perfect place for you. With multiple ceremony and reception locations available, it is something you can truly make your very own!
CREDITS: All Images: Hi Volt Studios
19. Casa Feliz
Winter Park, Florida
Casa Feliz is an exquisite venue that showcases original Spanish roof tiles, whitewashed century-old bricks, and sweeping oaks that will give your guests a gorgeous view at your ceremony and leave them in awe during your reception.2 Whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, the spaces are designed to encompass the culture of the building’s history wherever you are, so you do not miss a thing. Celebrate at Casa Feliz and make your dreams a reality.
CREDITS: Couple: Michelle Lawson Photography | Tablescape: Cat Lemus Photography
18. Thorncrown Chapel
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Elegantly different and unique from the rest, the Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful place to be married. From it’s carefully constructed wooden structure, to the 6,000+ feet of glass used to line the see-through walls, to the 100 tons of native stone and flagstone the building rests on, this religious space is one of the finest in modern times. Built in 1980, the chapel blends right in with its surroundings and was meant to give wayfarers a place to relax in an inspiring way. Whether you’re one to hike the trails of Yosemite or one who appreciates its beauty from afar, this chapel is perfect for any bride.
17. The Ivy Room
Needing a blank slate space to really create a location of your own? Look no farther – The Ivy Room event space offers a large ballroom, courtyard, and lower level lounge for various amounts of guests invited to your big day. The ballroom has beautiful hardwoods, large french doors, and elegant drapery. The courtyard is a stunning combination of brick and greenery. The ivy grows along the exterior walls and garden beds, which create luscious backdrops and scenery for you and your guests. Whether you would like an indoor ceremony and/or reception, this venue has it all.
16. Green Mountain Barn
This rustic country-side barn is the perfect place to overlook the rolling hills and mountains of Vermont. From the blank slate wooden structure, to the antique ski chair-lift that poses for a great location for photos, this place is sure to be transformed into something perfect for you and your fiancé! Green Mountain Barn was built in 1925 and rests on the land occupied by an old dairy farm from the 1820s and has unobstructed views of Green and Haystack Mountains – perfect for romantic sunset ceremonies and receptions. Due to its extreme uniqueness and character, this beautiful event space is affiliated with Mayflower Venues which – “enables couples to discover and book nontraditional outdoor venues that they can easily customize to reflect their story and values. There are no required vendors at any of the venues, and each unique property is enhanced with specific online planning tools for remote customization and vendor coordination.”
15. The Alida Hotel
Where cobblestone roads and cotton warehouses once stood, is the astonishing Alida Hotel. Named after an entrepreneurial woman, Alida Harper Fowlkes, who tried to preserve old Savannah’s city with its southern charm and original beauty. The hotel is positioned along the historic Savannah River and bordered by breweries, distilleries and some of the city’s best shopping. It offers three restaurant and bar concepts, including a rooftop bar; Keep Shop, a signature retail concept; a year-round, heated and chilled salt water pool; and a design aesthetic highlighted by oversized windows.3 Plan a visit to Savannah today and be blown away.
14. Belhurst Castle
Geneva, New York
Dream with us about this historic castle that overlooks Seneca Lake, known for its wine trails. Imaging yourself gliding down an aisle lined with vintage iron lanterns and florals as you make your way to your prince charming. Belhurst Castle is right out of our fairytale books. This enchanting event space offers original wood accents, two large ballrooms that seat up to 250 guests, and a picturesque backdrop of New York’s Finger Lake Region. Built in the 1800s, we are confident in saying that the castle does not lack charm and beauty, as delicate ivy grows up the spherical tower on the east-side of the building. Celebrate with Belhurst and plan a visit to see for yourself!
CREDITS: Tablescape + Ceremony: Katie Finnerty Photography
13. Saddlerock Ranch
The property spans about 200,000 acres across the rolling hills of Malibu, which was formerly known as El Malibu, as it was part of the original Spanish Land Grant. Saddlerock Ranch is home to exoctic animals, that are bound to end up in some of your photos. Say hello to the zebras, camels, giraffes, and llamas for us!
Picture your wedding ceremony and reception encircled by the spectacular natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains among 1,000 acres of rolling hills lined with vineyards, manicured lawns, ancient oaks, rose gardens, ribbons of white fences and horses grazing in the background.4 If you can see it, we can too! Enjoy this gorgeous event space on your big day as you travel through the windy tree-lined driveway of the mountain-side.
CREDITS: Tablescape: J Wiley Photography
12. The Farmhouse
Large contemporary glass doors welcome you to this remarkable event space perfect for weddings and receptions. Through the french doors, you are in a spacious white painted barn with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and wooden floors perfect for dancing. The Farmhouse is large enough for all 300 of your guests, but intimate enough to house 50 of your closest friends and family. There are large scale windows on the opposite side of the space, so there will be lots of natural light throughout your big day.
In addition to The Farmhouse itself, there is a furnished lobby perfect for cocktail hour or just a place for your guests to relocate, a grass courtyard and wrap-around porch, and private suites for you to get ready in with your bridal party!
CREDITS: Altar with Greenery: Breanna McKendrick Photography | Bride + Windows: Ashley Gillen Photography
11. Mallard Island Yacht Club
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Stationed right on the edge of the Barnegat Bay, this venue provides coastal views from all angles. It is also modeled after the Rathskeller’s Gothic Architecture and Princeton University, which really gives it its charm and character.
From the luscious gardens to the luxurious interiors, this is a place where hopes and dreams become reality.5 The Mallard Island Yacht Club also offers, a bridal suite “the crown jewel” that spans the entire fourth floor of the venue, a groom’s shack which was formerly army barracks, a boathouse chapel, a verana and cocktail lounge, a ballroom large enough to fit 250 guests comfortably, and ten private rooms for you and your bridal party or family and friends.
CREDITS: Bridal Suite: Femina Photography | Ceremony: Ann Coen Photography
10. The Wadsworth Homestead
Geneseo, New York
Set at the end of Main Street in Geneseo, New York, this elegant 200 year old manor house overlooking Genesee Valley is filled with history. With six generations, The Wadsworths and the estate have played a significant role in American history and has been listed in the National Register of Historical Places – Franklin D. Roosevelt has paid many visits to the home.
The historic manor welcomes you with its elegant atmosphere and beautifully restored rooms filled with original furnishings and decor from the bygone era, creating a unique venue. Surrounding the estate are gorgeous grounds with ancient oak trees, large fields, and tent situated on the former tennis court, that overlooks the oval pool and nearby gardens.
After the ceremony, your guests will be able to stroll the porch or explore and experience the beautifully restored homestead, including two drawing rooms, a large hall with a winding staircase, and six fireplaces during cocktail hour. Find your escort cards as you walk along the path to the beautifully lit tent for a memorable feast. William Wadsworth, the owner and event manager, is known for being calm, cool, collected, and making your experience at The Wadsworth Homestead one you will never forget.
CREDITS: Bridal Party + Newlyweds: Megan Wynn Photography
9. Copper Beech Estate
Just outside the city of Boston, this stunning venue space is privately positioned on a 24 acre lot and can accommodate up to 300 guests – perfect for a romantic wedding under the stars. Enter through a long private drive as your welcomed by iron gates leading up to this grand stucco colonial mansion.6 Copper Beech Estate offers gorgeous interiors for getting ready and an incredible outdoor terrace overlooking the luscious green acres. From the soft green tones, stone walls, and structural art that captures the estate's poise, this locations makes it the perfect backdrop for an elegant affair.6 Celebrate the biggest day of your life at Copper Beech Estate and have a special day to remember forever.
Due to its location and beauty, this beautiful event space is also affiliated with Mayflower Venues which – “enables couples to discover and book nontraditional outdoor venues that they can easily customize to reflect their story and values. There are no required vendors at any of the venues, and each unique property is enhanced with specific online planning tools for remote customization and vendor coordination.”
8. The Ashford Estate
Allentown, New Jersey
An elegant event space that will surely be awed by all! The Ashford Estate offers a bridal parlor for you and your girlfriends, a groom’s lounge for him and his best buds, a barn chapel with a stone fireplace and wooden rafters, a few verandas, a large cocktail lounge, a ballroom for you to dance the night away, and magnificent private suites. Each building is rich with wooden features and architecture, that gives each space its own character. Located in the ballroom are enormous wall to wall windows that let a little bit of the outdoors come in and when you need a little air, step outside where guests can enjoy elegant verandas complete with draped cocktail tables and gold chiavari chairs. With all the opportunity and different spaces offered at Ashford Estate, you cannot go wrong at this remarkable venue.
CREDITS: Couple + Estate: Kay English Photography | Barn and Fountain: Vanessa Joy Photography
7. Dover Hall
This picturesque estate is perfectly positioned at the top of rolling hills that overlook the surrounding grounds. Built with one primary purpose of entertaining, Dover Hall is a stunning venue to celebrate your wedding with your closest family and friends! The estate offers a large bridal suite for you to get ready, a billiards room with a Teddy Roosevelt era style for the groom, a grand regal ballroom that opens up to blue stone terraces, and a reflecting pool. The estate has a gothic architecture style that is exemplified in the archways and magnificent windows, which allow in abundant beams of natural light. The exterior of the estate is built with red brick and features beautifully draped ivy.
CREDITS: Dover Hall: Justin Hankins Photography | Bridal Suite + Bridal Party: Katelyn James
6. Sunstone Villa
Santa Ynez, California
Built from imported limestone from a small village in France, and wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria, the Tuscan-inspired Villa boasts 8,500 square feet of luxury living space.7 Home to the Rice family, this private residence is surrounded by stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the vast 55 acre vineyard. The estate offers eight fireplaces, a billiards room, and numerous terraces for you and guests to wander about. Known as an old world architectural masterpiece, the Villa at Sunstone is the perfect location to host a wedding ceremony. The mountainside and rolling hills act as a picturesque backdrop to really play and inspire your big day. Drink a glass of wine by the courtyard fireplace with your family and friends and make the day what you have always dreamed it would be.
CREDITS: The Villa at Sunstone: Jim Bartsch | Tablescape: Linda Arredondo
5. Laguna Gloria
Part of The Contemporary Austin art museum and school, Laguna Gloria has beautiful grounds for a wedding! It is a perfect combination of contemporary art and romantic scenery to fit any bride’s style. This venue sits on a 14 acre lot, accompanied with a courtyard, stone terraces, gravel pathways, amphitheater, “Temple of Love”, and indoor villa ballroom. The 1916 Italian-inspired villa overlooks Lake Austin and is a historic landmark site featuring contemporary outdoor sculptures by renowned international artists, a stunning natural landscape, and historic ties to Texas culture.8 Start off your big day by saying “I Do” under the Temple of Love, which is surrounded by nature’s scenery, and slowly move to the courtyard for cocktail hour, and then into the ballroom for dinner and dancing.
CREDITS: Bride: Julie Wilhite | Courtyard with Fountain: Dustin Meyer Photography
4. The White Sparrow
This is the most beautiful barn in the south. The rustic charm is breathtaking in its idyllic natural setting amidst impressive oaks and lush gardens.9 With white-washed walls, natural wood floors, high hanging chandeliers, and beautiful large windows to let in the natural light, how could you possibly go wrong with this venue. We love the White Sparrow for its simplicity and elegance – truly something you can make your own.
3. Castle Hill Inn
Newport, Rhode Island
Choose from four ceremony locations to celebrate your big day. Castle Hill Inn offers The Chelat Terrance, The Chelat, The Lighthouse, and The Lawn. Visit and see the stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Chelat Terrance; the intimate and enchanting old world charm of the Chelat; the soothing ocean waters reflecting the light from the Lighthouse; and the large oceanfront lawn, which is naturally elegant yet stunning in its simplicity. Whether your wedding embraces the nautical style or not, these venues are a perfect blank slate to really make your own. Start the ceremony off by walking down the garland strung aisle that leads to the Chelat Terrace overlooking the water and then after saying “I Do” making your way to the lawn where you and your closest friends and family can celebrate the rest of the evening until a romantic lit tent.
CREDITS: Lighthouse: Off Beat Productions | Ceremony: Lena Mirisola Photo
2. The Crane Estate
Coming in at number two, we have chosen The Crane Estate. This 165-acre National Historic Landmark sits atop a hill that overlooks the surrounding grounds. Made up of multiple structures, this venue is definitely one you can style to be your very own. From The Great House, to the Barn, to the Sunken Italian Garden, we are certain your ceremony will be unforgettable. Celebrate your ceremony in the Sunken Garden, followed by a cocktail hour on the back Terrace that overlooks the sloped lawn down to waters edge, and then move the party into the reception tent adjacent to The Ballroom. See the estates charm and elegance for yourself and schedule a tour today!
CREDITS: Couple: Elizabeth Wells Photography | Courtyard: Christina Bernales | The Crane Estate: Jaimee Morse
1. The Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina
And last, but certainly not least, we have ranked the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to be number one. With over 8,000 acres of, this estate is home to ten unique and remarkable venue locations for you and your fiancé to choose from. From gorgeous gardens to enchanting conservatories, the Biltmore Estate really has it all.
Our favorite one of the ten is Amherst. This one is Biltmore’s newest addition, which they consider to be the most elegant and romantic. Amherst has an outdoor terrace where you and your guests can enjoy the fresh mountain air, a gallery with large windows which let the light shine right in, and a grand ballroom that accommodates 550 guests and features 17 foot ceilings, an open design, vast windows, and an abundance of natural light. Rich in history and character, Amherst at the Biltmore is the ideal location for you to celebrate the biggest day of your life with your friends and friends. Fall in love with us and schedule a tour today!
We hope you enjoyed touring these venues with us as much as we did! With so many beautiful locations across the country, it is so difficult to choose the perfect one for you and your other half. We believe that a venue is more than just a space to share with other people – it is a representation of you, your fiancé, and your relationship as a whole. These venues can all be made into something that is truly special to you – something that is clean, simple, and elegant, because a wedding can really be the most magical moment of your life.
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